February 20, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. —Nancy Boston, pianist and professor of music at Mansfield University, will give a lecture-recital of contemporary American women composers Wednesday, March 1, at 1 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

Most of the works have been written within the past decade and reflect such influences as jazz, pop and new age music, in addition to more neoclassic and impressionistic styles.

Boston also will present the lecture, "Good Daughters of Music," Wednesday, March 1, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 116 of the Weis Music Building. The lecture traces the emergence of women composers in America. Both the lecture-recital and the lecture are free and open to the public.

"Historically, music was taught to help young women make a good impression in the parlor," said Lois Svard, professor of music at Bucknell.

"Dr. Boston will discuss the historical evolution of women composers in America, touching on such issues as social influences that helped women composers find a voice of their own, influences from foreign countries, the changes in musical subjects taught to women and the depth of training from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

"Musical examples will demonstrate the growth from the basic, simple compositions that first appeared in the 18th century when women did not have a musical education equal to that of their male counterparts, to a higher standard of work in the 19th century as training and education improved, to the highly sophisticated compositions written by women composers today," she said.

A specialist in the performance of contemporary piano music written by American women composers, Boston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and as a concerto soloist with several New York metropolitan orchestras.

A winner of the Richmond National Piano Competition, she has been invited to perform in New York on the American Landmark Festival Series, the Trinity Concert Series and the Chase Memorial Series. She also has appeared in Canada, France, Russia, and Switzerland.

The recipient of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, she is on sabbatical preparing a recording of contemporary piano music by American women composers.

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Story posted Feb. 20, 2006

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